Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue

To provide protection for those who, by no fault or choice of their own, cannot help themselves, and depend on humans for their care. To ensure the highest quality of life for our companion birds. To educate the bird owning public on the most current diet, health and general care information.
Sep 29, 2014

GlobalGiving Photo Contest Results - and Chacco!

Chacco - after surgery
Chacco - after surgery

Dear Mickaboo Friends,

We now have the results of the recent GlobalGiving Photo Contest in which many of you voted for Mickaboo.

Because of YOUR efforts, Mickaboo placed first in its category and fourth overall in the contest.  While we did not win a cash prize, we made many new friends and were awarded GlobalGiving’s professional help with our social media efforts.

During the contest, you heard about two of our foster birds: Cappi, a middle-aged yellow-naped amazon who received an innovative stent to address his airsaculitis, and Fletcher, a nanday conure who is recovering from what may have been a stroke.  We now introduce you to Chacco, a rosebreasted cockatoo who came to us with an injured wing and a raw chest wound. Chacco’s former owner could not afford his medical care – and that is where Mickaboo stepped in.

The picture below is of Chacco in his hospital tank, just a handful of days after Mickaboo received him. He is resting in a sling so as to aggravate his chest wound as little as possible; the purple visible to the right is a bandage around his hurt wing.

The picture at the top of this report was taken after Chacco’s wing surgery.  His foster parent says he is recovering well, with the promise of a better quality of life.  Chacco’s condition continues to be monitored by our veterinary partner.

Would you consider helping Chacco heal?  We have started a special fund for Chacco's veterinary expenses; you may contribute to it here.

Thank you for your consideration.

Chacco - before surgery
Chacco - before surgery

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Aug 27, 2014

Vote to help Fletcher

Fletcher at the hospital
Fletcher at the hospital

We asked you earlier to help Mickaboo win $1000 in GlobalGiving's online photo contest. This is an update - and a plea.

After holding first place for much of last week, we fell to fourth place on Monday, Aug 25.  Not good!  We need YOUR help to get back to first and stay there! 

  • If you have not already voted - help us? Voting is free and fast here
  • If you HAVE already voted - THANK YOU - and please ask a friend who might appreciate what Mickaboo does to vote with you

The prize money would help birds like Fletcher. Fletcher is a Nanday Conure who was recently hospitalized for what may have been a seizure. Here is a video of him while hospitalized; Fletcher has trouble holding his head in its normal position and is abnormally quiet.

In contrast, here is Fletcher's video after he recovered and returned to his foster home.  We see a more normal body position, and he's talking up a storm! Midway through the video, his foster parent translates his chatter, thanking all those voting on his behalf in this GlobalGiving Photo Contest. 

Thank you for helping by voting - and for spreading the word to your fellow bird-loving friends!

Photo Contest entry
Photo Contest entry

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Aug 20, 2014

THANK YOU - One More Favor, Please?

Cappi and his foster parent
Cappi and his foster parent

Many thanks to those of you who recently donated to Mickaboo through GlobalGiving! Because of your and others' generosity, AND the matching gift funds, Mickaboo collected enough for about a month's worth of veterinary bills! 

That said, the vet bills keep coming (and coming and coming...), so we are asking you to help Mickaboo win $1000 in GlobalGiving's Photo Contest. It's easy, costs nothing, and takes just a few seconds:

  • VOTE for Mickaboo at this link (one vote per person for the entire contest)
  • CONFIRM your vote via the email you’ll receive – otherwise your vote won’t count!
  • SHARE this voting request via email / Facebook / Twitter / your other social networks, and ask your friends to vote and to share too!  Email pr@mickaboo.org if you would like suggested wording.

If we win (we were second last year!), Mickaboo will get $1000 and much-needed publicity about the existence of bird rescue and Mickaboo.  (Did you know Mickaboo has over 400 birds in foster care?)

This year's photo features Cappi, a 45-ish year old, Yellow-Naped Amazon who is one of our more special foster birds. He has airsaculitis, a rare chronic condition where air enters and becomes trapped in the air sacs.  He became a Mickaboo foster bird when his former owner became overwhelmed with Cappi's vet bills; Cappi needed "deflating" every few weeks to release the air trapped within him.  Recently, Cappi underwent surgery to have a stent installed, creating a release valve for the trapped air.  Cappi now visits the vet much less often, to have the stent cleaned out.

Cappi is a talented vocalist who delights crowds wherever he goes with his hi's and hello's and other phrases. At 45, he has many years ahead of him. We're sure there is a wonderful home waiting for him somewhere - perhaps yours?

Cappi and the many other birds in Mickaboo's foster flock will appreciate your taking a few seconds to vote to help Mickaboo win $1000 - and for your past generosity.

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